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Guwahati Salesian to head Asian Bishops’ Office of Social Communication

Guwahati: A Salesian who headed national media offices in New Delhi will now be in charge of the media office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) in Manila from 22nd March 2019.

Media trainer Fr. (Dr.) George Plathottam has been appointed Executive Secretary of the FABC Office of Social Communications (OSC) in Manila, the Philippines. The FABC-OSC is responsible for the  Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), the only continental Catholic Radio service  broadcasting in 22 languages of Asia for the last 50 years.

The RVA Golden Jubilee celebrations are scheduled for 11-12 April 2019.

The FABC Central Committee meeting in Rome on 25 February 2019 appointed 62 year old Dr Plathottam as Executive Secretary of the FABC OSC for a period of 4 years.

“We extend to you a warm welcome into the FABC family and thank you for your acceptance of this important FABC position,” wrote FABC President Salesian Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar.

Dr. Plathottam, was Rector and Principal of Don Bosco Tura in Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco Academy Tura - a centre for Civil Service preparatory training and career guidance prior to his recent appointment.

A member of the Salesians of Don Bosco of  Guwahati province, Dr Plathottam has three masters degrees in Theology, Sociology, and Journalism & Mass Communications and doctoral degree on Mass Communication from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

Earlier, he was the director of the Mass Media Department in St Anthony’s College, Shillong, and president of Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) and South Asian Catholic Press Association, and editor of South Asia Religious News.

Dr. Plathottam who has spent some four decades in Northeast India, especially in Guwahati, Shillong and Tura has worked as national secretary for communications at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India from 2008 to 2015 and Director of national media training and research institute, NISCORT from 2012 to 2015.  

Dr Plathottam is on several academic and consultative boards related to media. One of the founding members of 25 year old BOSCOM India (Don Bosco Communications) Dr Plathottam is founder of the Salesian news agency which is now the official news agency of the Salesians in South Asia under the name Bosco Information Service (BIS).

In 1992, he won The North -South Friendship Prize from Union of Catholic International Press and the Government of Germany.

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Former HoD, Dept of Mass Communications at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, C.M. Paul was editor of The Herald weekly in Kolkata and director of Don Bosco International News Agency (ANS) based in Rome. He has MA degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from FORDHAM University, New York.

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Jangostiya Aikhya Manch

18 Jul 2014 - 10:18pm | Hantigiri Narzary

A delegation team of the Jangostiya Aikhya Manch,an umbrella organisation of non-Bodos will leave for New Delhi on August 3 next and meeting with Prime Minister and Home Minister to place about prevailing situation of BTAD region of Assam.

Motiar Rahman,General Secretary of the manch while talking exclusively to Assam Times said that the state government is totally failed while maitaining law and order in the region as the common publics are facing several hardships.

He said that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi led Congress government in the state of Assam has totally failed to providing safe and security to the common peoples in the state,especially in BTAD region innocent peoples have to faced several hardhsips in their livings.He has allegged that though social organisation and various parties were intimated all situation on occasions to Chief Minister,yet CM has not been stepping any mesaures to maintaining any law and order in the region,of which why unwanted incidents have to occurred repeatedly among society.

He said that a delegation team of the manch will leave for New Delhi on August 3 next and would meet Prime Minister and Home Minister and to discuss about prevailing situation of BTAD region. He has slammed Chief Minister for his negligence about security mesaures to the publics in the state and demanded stern step from centre itself and held good governence in the council so as to meet healthy environment.

He has also expressed serious concern over the repeatedly arisen of unwanted situations in the council said it is due to the negligence of the government and main involved culprits should be nabbed and punished.

Rahman said that the manch will contest the coming council in its stand which is scheduled next year  and the manch will not be come in alliance with any party or organisation and hope that manch will win in large numbers,he added.

 

 

Noted astronomy activist UN Deka passes away

25 Jan 2017 - 7:26pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Noted astronomy activist of NE and secretary of Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers Association,Guwahati Planetarium Uday Narayan Deka breathed his last in the ICU in International Hospital, Guwahati today at 12.20 am.He had been suffering from kidney related ailments for last twenty days.He was born on September 8 in 1944.He had been working in RBI in Mumbai for twelve years till his joining in RBI Guwahati branch as a Manager.During his stay in Mumbai,he was elected as the Hony. Treasurer of Bombay Amateur Astronomers Association.In 2002 he was elected as the secretary of the Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers Association,Guwahati Planetarium.He was responsible for organising village level astronomy workshops in Assam as well as in other states in NE.He was also closely associated with Assam Science Technology & Environment Council,(ASTEC),Guwahati,Assam Science Society and Regional Science Centre,Khanapara.He was instrumental in arranging more than two hundred astronomical telescopes given to Aryabhatta Science Centres in Assam by ASTEC.He was cremated in Nabagraha crematorium this afternoon.Dr.Arup Kumar Misra,Director,ASTEC; Prof.Anil Kumar Goswami,former Director,ASTEC; Dr.Chandrarekha Mahanta,Vice president,PRAAG;Babul Bora,Curator,Guwahati Planetarium etc had attended the funeral and offered floral tribute to late UN Deka who leaves behind his wife and two daughters.

Ram Singh: more a surrender and less an arrest

22 Nov 2008 - 5:13pm | editor
The controversy hovering over the arrest of ULFA cadre Ram Singh alias Mintu Biragohain is over. Its more a surrender and less an arrest. He was Ram Singh, who himself virtually admitted that it as a high voltage drama of his arrest.

Till a few month he was leading several strikes by ULFA. But recently he was said to have been apprehended during a joint operation by police and army. He is plain and simple that he had hardly any role in ULFA.

But till the other day, he was behind a string of devastating strikes by ULFA.

Not only that. For the last several months, a massive extortion drive was on in Sivasagar district. This unleashed a reign of terror among a section of businessmen. The extortion notices served to the businessmen along with some other servicemen were duly signed by this ULFA leader.

A senior officer of the excise department received an extortion notice for Rs 10 lakh. Moreover, a cooperative committee president of West Abhayapur in Safrai received a notice demanding Rs 50 lakh. He was also behind the blast at the ONGC pipeline at Disangpani in 2006. Also, he was leading the backlash against the Hindi-speaking people in 2007 January where seven people lost their lives only in Charaideo sub division. It strage…why this hardcore ULFA cadre was kept out of any role.

Four ULFA cadres lost their lives in Balijan grant at the hand of Army. It was a mysterious one. Mysterious in the sense that minutes before the incident Ram Singh was very much present on the scene. How he managed to flee from the spot. This has raised doubt on the role of Ram Singh by the central leadership.

At that time, the unilateral ceasefire case reached B company commander Sujit Mohan. Ram Singh proposed to go with the ceasefire group but it was Sujit Mohan who rejected it. After the unilateral ceasefire by A and C company of 28th battalion, ULFA dissolved the B company also. But it was he and the like minded cadres who were pressurizing the entire vcrack unit to announce unilateral ceasefire.

He also participated in the discussion with army for unilateral ceasefire with the government. Therefore, no one can deny the likelihood of his joining the pro truce group. At a time when ULFA is understood to have strengthen its 28th battalion, Ram Singh said its strength is weakening.

This hard core cadre has been apprehended by police and army. That too from his elder brother’s house. Is not it a surrender? The answer is a firm ‘yes’.